News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, September 19, 2013
Three Deer Isle village businesses closing
Public invited to retirement party

by Jessica Brophy

Three businesses in Deer Isle village with a combined operating history of 85 years will be closing this season and not reopening next year.

Lester Gallery, The Periwinkle and Harbor Ice Cream are likely to close.

Ginger Lester, who operates Lester Gallery, said the time has come to close her doors after 25 years.

“A lot of it had to do with the economy,” said Lester. The business will continue to operate a website, but no longer the gallery.

Neva Beck has run The Periwinkle since 1966, according to daughter Linda Stratton. Before that, the building was a cobbler shop, owned by her uncle, Michael Carman. This will be Beck’s final season, said Stratton.

Stratton said in the early years of The Periwinkle, Beck took in many locally-made items on consignment. She has worked as the sole proprietor, working six days a week every summer, said Stratton.

“She has been there for young kids who are now grandparents themselves, bringing in a new generation to buy books, toys and candy and creating memories,” said Stratton.

Beck plans to spend her retirement teaching rug braiding and reading.

The third business is Harbor Ice Cream, which is planning a “soft” retirement—meaning it may reopen next year.

“We’re still up in the air,” said Joanne Haskell. Her husband, Bill Haskell, is interested in trying another year, but she’s not quite sure.

They’ll be at the public retirement party, however, which will be held in Deer Isle village on Sunday, September 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.